lifestyle changes and effects on Cholesterol levels?

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debwoo
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   Posted 4/4/2007 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
hi all
new here and have a question for you.
 
Background: I have numerous health obstacles and I am being treated for high blood pressure (genetic factors involved), high cholesterol (my prior tests were high-normal) and pre-diabetes (IFG and IGT) among other things.
 
2 months ago i went on a strict diabetic diet, low in sodium, low fat, low cholesterol etc. I have also increased my activity level and have lost 11lbs, only 14lbs to go. I just went for an A1C test and my blood glucose was 5.5, a miracle for me (normal reading) which reflects all my hard work and very few weak moments!
 
Question: I am wondering if any of you know how long it might take for me to see changes in my HDL, LDL, Triglicerides and TC readings? I am scheduled to go for those tests soon and don't want to be too disappointed if it is too soon to see changes.
 
any thoughts would be greatly appreciated
thanks
deb

els
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   Posted 4/5/2007 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi debwoo, welcome to the heart forum.  You state that your being treated for HBP and high cholesterol for the last 2 months?  Does this mean that your taking medications for these?  Or you have just been advised to change your diet and lifestyle?
The reason that I ask is that if you havent been started on any medication and have just changed your diet as you explained here and started to exercise then you may see a small drop in your readings when you go back to test.  However, if you have been put on a statin to lower your cholesterol then you may see a major change, which would be really good for you.  But it is hard to tell one way or the other as everyone is differant and it is hard to actually put a time line on these things but I think usually they give about 3 months or so for the statins to lower or make a differance.
 
I hope this helped some.  Please keep us updated. :-)

Elisha
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debwoo
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   Posted 4/9/2007 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Elisha
I have been on Diovan for hbp for 1 year and lipitor for high cholesterol since July last year. I have not taken an active roll in my medical treatment before but due to issues with my husband's health and having to be an advocate on his behalf i have become more assertive and done some researching of my own about my own health issues.
 
I discovered firstly that my cholesterol readings back in July 2006 were very borderline, none of my TC, LDL, HDL and triclyceride readings were over the amounts (here in Vancouver, BC) that categorize high cholesterol, mind you some were equal to those values but none were higher. so really lifestyle changes should have been discussed before prescribing meds. Also i was put on 20mg of lipitor and not 10mg, who knows why??? and my doctor has never sent me for cholesterol tests or liver or kidney function since starting it!!!
 
I actually want to stop taking lipitor and perhaps some of the other meds i am on. My medical history is complicated and spans mostly the last 10 year: started with a major depressive episode 10 years ago (and a string of antidepressants/anti-anxiety meds); ditropan then detroLA for incontinence from the birth of 3 large babies; pantaloc for gastrointestinal refux (leftovers from an ulcer in my teens i reckon); diovan for high bp (genetic disposition); then lipitor (risk factors present:overweight, inactive, smoker) etc.
 
I am now 50 and tested fasting glucose intolerant last spring. lost 47 lbs, gave up most sugar and simple carbs. coasted along. tested impaired glucose intolerant in Nov 2006, starting monitoring blood glucose more closely. then i went headfirst into another major depressive episode, my first in 10 years but managed to go to a diabetic clinic Feb 2007, and had a complete mindset turnaround, started exercising 30 mins each day, on a strict low carb, high fibre, lowish fat (not too low or I am constipated), low cholesterol, low calories for weight loss diet.
 
now i discover that half my meds can cause or worsen blood sugars, can impact kidney and liver function (on 3 new meds for depression/ anxiety now too) and other problems, my family doctor and specialists are not talking to each other and i feel that i have to take the bull by the horn and do something for me. but my family doctor is being quite resistent in my opinion.
 
sorry to write a book but it does feel good to get this all out. i would just like to be heard by my doctor and so i have booked an appt for next monday for a med review and if things don't go as i hope they do i am now ready to find a new family doctor, at least one i can talk to and who will listen to me.
thanks for your response, i do appreciate the time you took to respond
deb

els
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   Posted 4/10/2007 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
No problem deb...it sounds as if you have quite a lot to deal with.  I do hope that you find your doctor responsive, when you have multiple physicians it is difficult to get them to consult with one another.  I have several myself and they consult each other before treatments, med changes..ect. but for the exception of one doctor they are all in one big practice so that is helpful.  Please do let us know how your appointment goes....I am sending you positive thoughts, hopefully that will help :-)

Elisha
Co~Mod: Depression
Moderator: Heart & Cardiovascular Disease
http://www.healingwell.com/donate

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